Some long after the summer warmth, some happily welcome the falling leaves, but regardless of which kind you are, fall is a season of change for you AND for your dog. Here is a quick checklist to make sure your dog is getting what they need this fall:
1. Take care of their paws:
Hot sand, rocky ledges, and steamy pool decks can leave your pup’s paw pads chapped, cracked, or injured. Even if your dog is sedentary or elderly and only gets outside for walks, sticky asphalt and scorching sidewalks can be heat hazard. Applying all-natural dog paw-balm as often as daily is a must in the fall.
2. Address skin allergies:
When plants and weather are changing outside, dog allergies often act up as pollen piggybacks into the house on your dog’s coat. Allergic reactions that cause sneezing, irritated eyes, and congestion in humans, particularly during changes of season, might show up as skin rashes in dogs. To minimize the effects, bathe your dog weekly, or even every few days with a gentle, hypoallergenic shampoo. Make sure to rinse well to remove residue.
3. Repair the sun-damaged coat:
Major Grooming Session
Brush, brush, and brush some more to get all that dead hair out of the coat. If your dog has a double, long, or curly coat, use a slicker brush or shedding blade. In the fall, dogs shed more heavily to get rid of the summer coat and make room for a winter coat, so take advantage of this time to banish discolored hair. Frequent brushing will also distribute coat oils, making the hair look healthier and shinier.
Oil-Based Conditioner and Coat Spray
As Jen Karetnick from the AKC pointed, some evidence suggests that fish oil can improve not just the quality but also the color of the coat. Some pet owners also swear by adding a tablespoon of olive oil or coconut oil to their pet’s food. Talk to your vet before adding any supplements to your dog’s diet.